Iain Stirling says Caroline Flack would have 'hated' missing funeral in tribute

Iain Stirling has shared a heartfelt tribute to his friend and Love Island co-star Caroline Flack after her funeral, saying that she would have ‘hated’ missing it.

The Love Island star, who tragically passed away earlier this year at the age of 40, was laid to rest at a private funeral on 10 March. An inquest heard that she took her own life.

‘Yesterday we said goodbye to Caroline,’ Iain wrote. ‘It was a small services [sic] filled with her friends and family.

‘The day was spent sharing stories, singing songs and of course some tears were shed. As someone who had the worst FOMO in the world I know Carrie would have hated missing it.

‘And her infectious laugh was painfully absent. You were so loved Caz, by so many – I hope you knew that. And I hope you’re now at peace. X’.

Fans have been quick to send their support to the comedian, with one writing: ‘Sending all my love,’ and another adding: ‘She loved you so much.’

Stacey Solomon also paid tribute to mark the day, with the star telling her Instagram followers: ‘Today it doesn’t feel right to be on social media… So from me and the boys, we hope you have a good day.

‘Hold your loved ones close, give them all of the cuddles you have in you, and let them know how much you need them in your life…

‘You never know when they really might need to know. Love you all.

‘If you’re struggling with today, yesterday, the thought of tomorrow, please let someone know. ANYONE.’

And following the funeral, Caroline’s former X Factor colleague Olly Murs wrote on Instagram: ‘Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you caz until we meet again.’

Iain previously paid tribute to Caroline during the latest series of Love Island.

He said: ‘We are all absolutely devastated by the tragic news that Caroline, a much-loved member of our Love Island family, has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this dreadful time.’

Speaking about their time together, Iain said: ‘Caroline and me, we were together from the very start of Love Island, and her passion, warmth and infectious enthusiasm were a crucial part of what made the show connect with millions of viewers.’

In a final heartbreaking moment, his voice broke as he said: ‘I’m gonna miss you, Caz,’ with viewers praising Iain for speaking so emotionally about his friend.

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